Guest Columns
  • Where poppies grow

    November 13 2018 by Sarah Dixon Young | with 0 comments

    November 11th marked the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.   The world mourned the loss of approximately 20 million military personnel and civilians during The Great War. Many began wearing red poppies to commemorate the fallen. ...

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  • Why I’m thankful to be a North Carolina Baptist

    November 12 2018 by Steve Scoggins | with 0 comments

    I cannot tell you what an honor it is to be elected as president of the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina! I look forward to getting to know more and more of you over the next year.   This past convention was one of the most...

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  • The photo on my phone

    November 9 2018 by Sammi Carby | with 0 comments

    On my phone there is a photograph that I catch a glimpse of every day – sometimes intentionally, sometimes not. Some days I linger a bit longer, but regardless, I see it every day.   It’s a very personal and protected photo to...

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  • Jesus took naps

    November 7 2018 by Jim Futral | with 0 comments

    That was the message on a sweatshirt worn by a senior adult at a gathering at one of our churches. So pointed, so provoking, so simple – and so true. Jesus, who was fully God robed in flesh, experienced the...

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  • Laodicea: the need for fresh water

    November 2 2018 by John Mark Harrison | with 0 comments

    Seventh in a series   Located 600 miles from Jerusalem and 300 miles from Athens, Laodicea was a wealthy commercial center. It was known for its medical care and banking industries. They were resilient, secure...

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  • If you’re not dead, God’s not done

    November 2 2018 by J.D. Greear | with 0 comments

    Do you remember “Choose Your Own Adventure” novels? They were some of my favorites as a kid. You’d get to a certain place in the story where you’d have a choice, like, “You’re being chased by a flock of rabid...

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  • Life of a pastor

    November 1 2018 by Paul Kim | with 0 comments

    One day, at a Christian bookstore just across the street from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Fort Worth Hall, I was looking to purchase several books when I heard an excited voice call to the other side of the bookstore, &ldquo...

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  • Sending culture: 3 ways pastors can develop one

    October 31 2018 by William Whaley | with 0 comments

    Recently I was privileged to attend a commissioning service for new International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries. I was invited by a couple from our church who was preparing to be sent to the nations.   During this time, I was reminded of...

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  • Laodicea: The need for fresh water

    October 30 2018 by John Mark Harrison | with 0 comments

    Seventh in a series   Located 600 miles from Jerusalem and 300 miles from Athens, Laodicea was a wealthy commercial center. It was known for its medical care and banking industries. They were resilient, secure and self-confident. They had...

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  • Halloween: 6 ways to engage neighbors

    October 30 2018 by Justin Tucker | with 0 comments

    For some Christians, “Halloween” is a dreaded word that can bring up questions and debate.  But putting aside all the differing opinions, Halloween can offer an opportunity for believers to engage...

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  • An incredible name

    October 26 2018 by Dean Sieberhagen | with 0 comments

    One of the most interesting discussions you can have with Muslims has to do with their 99 names for God. They are supposed to continually think about these names as a way to worship and also understand how magnificent God is.   ...

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  • Honesty & revival

    October 25 2018 by Doug Munton | with 0 comments

    Revival only comes in conjunction with deep, open and honest confession of sin.   All the great revivals of scripture and history involve God’s people acknowledging the truth of their wrongdoing. It is both...

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  • Western myths

    October 24 2018 by Jeff Iorg | with 0 comments

    When traveling and speaking across the South, people who have never lived in the West often ask me about ministry in our context, with GateWay Seminary campuses in Southern California, the San Francisco area, metro Portland, Denver and Phoenix...

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  • The God who speaks

    October 23 2018 by Randy Bennett | with 0 comments

    I can remember participating in worship services when the speaker asked us to stand and shout out our favorite name for God.   The Great I Am. The first and the last. Jehovah Jireh. El Shaddai. I’ve always...

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  • Fall, family & friends

    October 22 2018 by David Jeremiah | with 0 comments

    This season of the year lends itself to gaining a renewed focus on what is important – not only for growing into a more intimate relationship with God, but also to set aside time to let your family and friends know how much they mean to you....

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